We're all creative in one way or another. We may not all feel like we are, but I believe this might just be because of the way we define creativity.
You may think that creativity is reserved only for artists, like painters or movie makers. But creativity is so much more than that. I believe that creativity is inside all of us, in one form or another.
Writers, fashion designers, and graphic designers are all creatives, but so are moms and entrepreneurs.
Ever wonder how a mom can have so much on her plate, and be able to get it all done? Or a beginner entrepreneur who is able to juggle so many things as they build their business?
Both of these roles require a great deal of creativity, just not in the traditional sense of the word.
Developing your creative side has many benefits. It helps develop a different way of thinking and problem solving.
If you don't think of yourself as a creative person, read on for 4 ways you can help develop this creative side of yourself. I know you have one!
1) Start a journaling practice
Writing is a wonderful way to be creative. You can choose to journal about random thoughts, write about your day, or even write a story. All of these ways work to build that creative muscle.
My favourite way to use writing as a creative outlet is to practice "stream of consciousness" writing. This is when you write without giving any thought about what you write. You just write! No editing and no judging your words.
You can practice this in a physical journal, or what I like to do is to open up a blank page on my computer, put my fingers on the computer keys, close my eyes, and just type.
2) Choose a new creative hobby
Even if you don't think you have a creative bone in your body, I invite you to try out a new hobby that will help develop that creative side of your brain.
Some ideas of what you could try are art journaling, quilting, knitting, drawing, or cooking. The possibilities are endless!
Practicing a new hobby will help you develop new skills that could support you in other areas of your life. You might also discover something new to enjoy and new experiences.
3) Connect with creative types
Whatever creative venue you wish to explore, find a group of people who already do that thing. You can find groups of all kinds in places like Facebook and Meetup. Even a simple Google search will give you countless ideas and options.
By connecting with people who are already involved in what your interest is, you'll be able to improve your new aspiration and you'll forge new friendships in the process. It's a win-win!
4) Look for inspiration
I know that spending time on social media can have some negative effects. It can also have benefits if you're being intentional and specific about what it is you're looking for.
If you've decided to try something new or just want to find some new creative ideas or inspiration, looking in places like Pinterest or Instagram is a great start. Just make sure that you have a clear purpose for what it is you're looking for.
I hope these tips have helped you to get excited about developing your creative side. How would you like to get more creative in your life? Let me know in the comments!
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